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Youth Power: Startup Weekend Bali
 

Startup Weekend Bali: Edisi Anak Muda Indonesia

I have been so glad to be part of this year’s Hubud Startup Weekend Bali: Indonesian Youth Edition. Startup Weekend is a global event where you get to pitch, validate and develop your business ideas in 54 hours! This year, Hubud hosted an all for Indonesian youth edition with 30 participants ranging from ages 16 - 23 years.

Ever since I started my business, Hubud has been a big part in supporting me; starting with presenting at a small session, Bali Bungkus, to the big Pecha Kucha Night, and then coming back to be a mentor for this year’s startup weekend!

At this event, I was joined by 5 other incredible mentors to support and guide the participants through the process of starting up their business. The event started with a pitching session where participants get to pitch their business ideas, followed by a voting session for the 6 favourite ideas to form the team for the weekend. I have to say, the ideas pitched were incredible and creatively out of the box. I was instantly reminded again how much creativity can flow out of a single youth. They were amazing!

I had the chance to mentor a group of three creative and bright people, their business being called VICtory. The idea was first pitched to provide more varieties of toys for disabled children in Indonesia to allow kids to have fun and help with their therapy all together.

 Image Source: Hubud & Startup Weekend Bali

Image Source: Hubud & Startup Weekend Bali

All the teams were sort of struggling with getting an understanding of the concept validation. The team I worked with was specifically challenged by making sure the toy has its complete benefit for the customers while keeping the cost as low as possible to make the price suitable.

They have also struggled with deciding on which category to focus on, as they originally wanted to work with a variety of different special needs kids. I managed to convince them to narrow it down to two specific categories which were Tuna Netra (Vision Impairment) and Tuna Grahita (Mentally Disabled) .

After the second day, the team began to understand what they had to validate and the process of it, which gave them big points by the judges at the end. Through what I experienced, I think they had a solid mission, vision, and a way to turn their ideas into a product they can sell. All three of the teammates were very compatible working together-which is so important when working in a group project. They were able to share their work efficiently and assuredly worked hard. I think most importantly was their courage and confidence in believing in themselves with little to no doubts.

To me, this was an incredibly remarkable experience because it’s something that I am so passionate about. It makes me happy to see other people happy, and to see the team I mentored won the 54 hour challenge made me feel a grateful and proud. It’s something I want to keep doing!

 Image Source: Hubud & Startup Weekend Bali

Image Source: Hubud & Startup Weekend Bali

 
Thyme & Caramel at TEDxUbud
 

On the first Saturday of May, I got the honor to serve my cupcakes at the TedxUbud event. I have been looking forward to be a part of this remarkable event!

It turned out to be one of the most hectic day preparing hundreds of cupcakes for the lovely TedxUbud guests. I single crafted each flowers and decorated these cupcakes live on the spot as the participants were rolling in. It was such a beautiful and joyful experience to be serving and sharing this moment with the guests. It was a pleasure to see so many smiles passed around :)

To share my excitement, here are some photos from TedxUbud

Thyme & Caramel at TEDxUbud

 I needed all the help I could get to serve the cupcakes while I was engaged in making more creations to complete the cupcakes. Meet Diah! She is a student at Kul Kul Connection, Green School Bali. She has been so sweet and really helpful throughout the day :)

I needed all the help I could get to serve the cupcakes while I was engaged in making more creations to complete the cupcakes. Meet Diah! She is a student at Kul Kul Connection, Green School Bali. She has been so sweet and really helpful throughout the day :)


 Floral creations in the making!

Floral creations in the making!


 Cupcake goodness! More than 250 cupcakes were served with all Thyme & Caramel’s signature flavours; Rich Chocolate, Passion fruit, Lemon Coconut  and Thyme & Caramel. Passion Fruit was easily the favorite one! (My personal favourite too!)

Cupcake goodness! More than 250 cupcakes were served with all Thyme & Caramel’s signature flavours; Rich Chocolate, Passion fruit, Lemon Coconut  and Thyme & Caramel. Passion Fruit was easily the favorite one! (My personal favourite too!)


 It felt heartwarming to be able to share my love for cake artistry live with hundreds of people!

It felt heartwarming to be able to share my love for cake artistry live with hundreds of people!


 I handcrafted all flower decorations with lots of love and passion which I hope would also resonate to those who ate them that day :)

I handcrafted all flower decorations with lots of love and passion which I hope would also resonate to those who ate them that day :)


 The Flower palette with unicorn colors. My favorite!

The Flower palette with unicorn colors. My favorite!


 I had the chance to interact with new people and even more people who have been part of the sweet fam with Thyme & Caramel.

I had the chance to interact with new people and even more people who have been part of the sweet fam with Thyme & Caramel.


 Look who came to my booth! Yes, it’s  NonaRia ! A great jazz musician group who was part of the performances to wrap up TEDxUbud 2018. Their music is so unique and lovely <3

Look who came to my booth! Yes, it’s NonaRia! A great jazz musician group who was part of the performances to wrap up TEDxUbud 2018. Their music is so unique and lovely <3


I hope everyone enjoyed my sweet treats! See you next year (hopefully) :D

 
How to Start Up Your Own Business
 
 Thyme &amp; Caramel at Ubud Food Festival

This was the big question that I discussed with others foodpreneurs in Bali at Ubud Food Festival 2018.

I had the lovely chance to be part of Ubud Food Festival (UFF) this year - where all food enthusiasts and innovators from all over Indonesia gathered to share the best culinary experience. Held from the 13th to 15th April, UFF was attended by about 12,000 people.

I was honored to be part of the session ‘Food for Thought: Bali’s Startup Stars’. I was joined by four other Indonesian start up entrepreneurs, who have successfully built their businesses in the food industry in Bali, sharing how each business was first started.

Young Entrepreneur Bali

 

In this blogpost, I would like to share my perspectives based on my experience on starting a business, and hopefully help you who are looking on starting a business or merely finding your passion! :)

Firstly, I know the phrase “Find your passion” is sort of overrated, but to me it’s kind of true. This is always the first point on my list on how I begin this Thyme & Caramel journey. According to the dictionary, passion is an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something. In other words, it's something that sets your soul on fire and gives you a good feeling when you do it.

However, how many of you might  still be struggling to find your passion? Actually, a likely source of what we are passionate about may come from anywhere, including what we were exposed to in our childhood. It could be simple things, such as sketching, cooking, music, collecting action figures or dancing. Ever since I was a child, I was obsessed with molding things from play dohs or anything to do that involves my hand working together with icky gooey dough. I made my very first bakery out of clay when I was 7 years old and it was kinda what led me to today as a cake artist.

From that level of hobby and obsession, you just need to add a few ingredients and spices, such as hardworking hours, devotion, and commitment. Passion will always keep you stronger everyday no matter what challenges stand in your way.

Secondly, the COURAGE to start. So, be courageous! One of the hardest parts of starting a business is actually the courage and the ability to just start and take the risk. I know that we all have different fears, however I believe that the only way to overcome our fear is to face it and plan ahead. At the beginning, you might not see the big picture, you might mostly feel clueless and that’s totally normal. What I did in the past was start with what I know and what I can do first.

The basic foundation for a business is, of course, your brand name, logo, your products, and how you would like to market these products. It’s also important to figure out your vision and mission of your business, including what impacts you would like to make in the world and what your values are. In my personal experience as I was forming the business value, I decided to sell only premium special occasion vegan cakes and cupcakes as Thyme & Caramel’s specialty.

In the process of starting up and making hard decisions for your business, you should not hesitate to ask for help from anyone you know. It could be your family, your friends, or even professionals who are already good at the field, but just keep in mind that the decision is all yours to make. 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
— Lao Tzu

Thirdly, be PERSISTENT in achieving your goal! The road to success and reaching your goals will always be under constructed and lined with tempted parking spaces. Imagine the possibility of the many paths you can take when you want to go somewhere. You might consider the distance and the traffic before you take a specific route, and also the goal you want to accomplish.

There will always be plan A, B, or C, besides, there are 26 letters in the alphabet and many possible routes. Be brave, know what you do and take a step, these are all that matter.

 

So! These were my three kickstarting steps on starting up Thyme & Caramel, despite any challenges that comes and go. I hope these tips can help you gain the confidence to start up your business, and when you do, tell me about it! I would love to hear your stories :)

There is a great opportunity this month to train the entrepreneurial mind of all young Indonesian in Bali where I will be one of the mentors to help validate your business ideas in 54 hours. For more info about the event, check out ‘Startup Weekend Bali: Edisi Anak Muda Indonesia’, the first Startup Weekend in Bali that is exclusive to those between the age of 16 to 23 years old. It is organized by Hubud and will be happening on 25 - 27 May. I am so thrilled to be part of it. Will I see you? ;)

 
Bali Vegan Festival 2017
 
Bali Vegan Festival 2017

September marks the first year of me as a young entrepreneur and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the things that has happened! I have a sort of clear vision and lots of crazy ideas for my next year and this new season to come. But first, I’m about to take you back to last week.

I got the chance to kick off the second year of Thyme & Caramel by participating in one of Ubud’s largest festivals for vegans and vegetarians, the Bali Vegan Festival.

The event was held for three days from the 6th - 8th October. I opened a booth filled with flowery cupcakes and sweet desserts during the festival and it was worth all of the preparation to make this booth stood out. For 3 days straight I was there, many people came to show their love and support toward the work that I’ve done which I really appreciate.

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The booth wasn’t the only thing that kept me busy all weekend, I also had a talk on second day of the festival. At first, I doubted myself if I could do it or not as it required me tons of preparation for a 40 minute talk. But my thought was wrong, my worry was gone once I started speaking. The presentation turned out great and I got many positive response and encouragement.

Unfortunately, not all of them went as planned. I had scheduled to do a buttercream flowers workshop there, but decided to postpone it and later cancelled due to the weather. Anyway, for kids who missed the workshop, I’ll be having my first buttercream piping class on 11th November.

I’ll lead this class every once a month. So, sign up now, because there’s only 8 spaces available in every class! :)

 
Inside the Mind of a Successful Young Entrepreneur
 
 Thyme &amp; Caramel at Bali Bungkus Hubud - Young Entrepreneur

A talk I gave at Hubud’s Bali Bungkus Event

Back in April, I went to Hubud Community Co-working Space in Ubud, Bali to deliver a special cake as a surprise to a special someone. When I gave the cake to the birthday girl, almost everyone at Hubud raved about how pretty it looked and was surprised that it was made by me, a teenager. That’s when one of Hubud’s members approached me and invited me to share my story at their skill share event, the Bali Bungkus in June! 

Weeks passed by until that day, the day that I got excited (and well, a bit nervous!) I saw on Hubud’s website that my talk was mentioned, titled “Inside the Mind of a Young, Successful Entrepreneur”. I got nervous because the title of the presentation was kind of intimidating, as I feel like I’m not that successful yet and that I had just started this business last year! They expect me to share something that I learned as an entrepreneur that people (aka the adults) can learn from, which is a bit tough! :S

As I (slowly) prepared and practiced my presentation, I learned that I actually had gone through quite a roller coaster ride with Thyme and Caramel. I realized that I had learned so much more and acquired a better understanding from managing my own business, than sitting in a classroom. So yeah, I feel like I can actually share a thing or two about being an entrepreneur! Nevertheless, I also realized that there’s still a lot of room for me to grow. Like, learning on how to manage my time better, et cetera, et cetera.

Fast forward to the D-day, I got nervous (again!), because this was the first time I presented in front of experienced adults, whom are known as the ‘digital nomads’ of the world. Presenting in front of people is definitely one tough thing, and as confident as I may have seen, I certainly was quite anxious inside.  

This little presentation went well though. I got a really great feedback from the audience. I got some interesting ideas that I want to test to improve my business, which is really valuable. :) I also gained more confidence in public speaking! The audience were really nice and supportive of me. I even got an order that day.

All in all, this presentation has given me another learning opportunity. It was a nice day. Oh, to close off, I’m going to share you my full presentation. Check it out and let me know what you think!  

PS. I’ll be sharing another one of my story at Pecha Kucha Night this August! More info to come :)

 (My presentation was 15 minutes long, the rest are Q&A)

Xxx,

Arielle